A couple of years ago, we added a 3-layer, GORE-TEX, laminated outfit to the range, as we missed a model in our line-up that offered the great benefits a laminated outer shell has to offer; less water pick-up, less heat loss, higher breathability. Laminated outer shells are the perfect outer shell construction for cold and wet weather conditions.
Although the outfit was received very well by many riders out there, we continuously received the same feedback; please provide more airflow in this type of motorcycle clothing. And that’s a problem. At that time, the only solution for direct ventilation in a laminated outer shell was a waterproof zipper that could be seam-taped around the edges and that – when opened – would allow some air to slip inside.
However, no matter how many air vent zippers we used, and where we placed them, the amount of airflow was still highly insufficient. You also had to close the zipper very carefully because, when you were riding at 100km/h in the rain, water would somehow find its way through the tiniest of holes and you’d end up completely soaked.
We were about to think it was game over until one of the R&D guys came up with a brilliant idea. An idea that we first thought of as far-fetched as “Mission: Impossible.” Luckily, this “stubborn bastard” didn’t accept NO for an answer and got to work.
It turned out that the idea was so good, we were even able to patent it. So, we did. Today, it is a unique feature that you will only find in REV’IT! garments; the VCS|aquadefence system.